MIND BODY SOUL: Get Glowing Skin With Our DIY Coffee Coconut Oil Sea Salt Scrub

Summer, a season synonymous with sea, sex and sun, picnics and bbqs, hikes and cottages, day parties and warm nights, travel and freedom, sunscreen and fresh fruit... what dreams are made of, basically! One of our favourite parts of course is that we get to wear minimal clothing and let our skin breathe. What better way to care for your skin than with an all natural exfoliating body scrub made of coffee and coconut oil, two of nature's greatest miracles if you ask us. 

This treatment works for all skin types but also really helps even the most annoying of skin ailments, including Keratosis Pilaris, a common but incurable skin condition that affects almost half the population. We've always been super self-conscious about our skin because of this genetic predisposition to little red bumps along our arms, face and bums. We've tried every trick under the sun from salicylic acid, exfoliating with a loofah, waxing, apple cider vinegar, etc and this is by far the best (and only) solution we've found! Plus it's all natural and delicious and you'll feel good about repurposing the leftovers from your morning coffee :)

Fun fact: our skin is the largest organ in our body and it absorbs approximately 60% of what it comes in contact with! When we use commercial cosmetic products such as lotions, perfumes, oils or scrubs, these ingredients are absorbed directly into our blood stream. Most of us are concerned with the quality of what we put IN our bodies but often forget to pay attention to what we are putting ON our bodies. Some of these products that smell oh-so-delicious may actually be harming us, “the majority of mainstream body care products contain a cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals, allergens, and irritants.” Ummmm no thank you!

That being said, it makes sense to put on your body only what you would want to put in it. We like to stick to the most natural products we can find and bonus points if we can make them ourselves with easy-to-come by kitchen ingredients! By making your own body scrub you can confidently know what ingredients your body is absorbing. 

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Wearing the coffee scrub, the Angelina bodysuit and the Willow Bandeau

The following recipe is known to help reduce cellulite, firm the skin, and help with the stubborn dry skin condition nicknamed KP. Unofficially called chicken skin, KP is “a skin condition caused by a build up of the hard protein keratin in the hair follicle, essentially clogging it." So the coffee grounds and sea salt in the scrub manually but gently exfoliate the dead skin cells away and ultimately help reduce the feel and look of Keratosis Pilaris. 

For two cups of the scrub you'll need:

1 Cup ground coffee
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sea salt
½ Cup coconut oil
½ Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sweet almond oil

Both coffee and coconut oil are rich in antioxidants, while the sweet almond oil (high in oleic acid and vitamins A, C and D) hydrates the skin. 

We found that leaving the scrub on for 5-10 minutes instead of washing it off right away is even more effective. Another little tip to help reduce cellulite and dry skin is to dry brush your body in circular motions before using the coffee scrub in the shower. The firm bristles of the brush exfoliate your skin while the continuous circular motion and pressure help to stimulate your blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. The action of dry brushing helps the body eliminate toxins, reducing the look of cellulite. This is also the best way to prep your skin for a spray tan or at home self-tan for the most even smooth colour!

No more need to shy away from summertime fun :) Get your all natural exfoliation on and show off your smooth skin with confidence all summer long! 

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